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Choosing The Right Size TV For Your Space

by Retired: Senior Social Media Specialist on ‎08-07-2013 04:46 PM - edited on ‎08-29-2020 03:20 PM by (62,358 Views)

Choosing the Correct Size.


If you're looking to get a new TV but aren't sure what size you should look at for your space, we've got some general guidelines you can use to help choose the perfect size.


The key is it’s your space, which means if your neighbor has a 55” 4K TV in their living room, that same size might not work for you. It’s important to think about the type of experience you want to make happen by introducing a new TV to that room.


Is the TV going to be the centerpiece and primary use of that room? Or is the TV only there for you to watch the news after dinner?


Due to advances in technology, if you are updating your older 55” class TV with a chunky bezel (the outside edge) you might want to consider purchasing a 60” class TV to fill the same amount of space.  TV manufacturers pride themselves on being able to produce a thin TV from any angle, which can throw off the feng shui in your home.


The real question is, how far should you sit away from your TV?


There happens to be a science behind recommendations for minimum viewing distance and maximum viewing distance. I promise to make it super simple!


Minimum Viewing Distance:


To find what is the closest you can sit to your TV, it’s suggested that you multiply your TV screen size by 1.5.


So say you are interested in a 60” class size TV.    60” x 1.5 = 90” or 7.5’.


If you are purchasing 4K Ultra HD TV, however, you can sit much closer and have a clear picture to enjoy.


Maximum Viewing Distance:


To find the maximum, all you would need to do is double the minimum viewing distance.


You might now be extremely interested in that 60” TV.      90” x 2 = 180” or 15’


15 feet is the farthest you can be from your TV without losing any of the great qualities your new TV has to offer.



Suggested TV Sizes: 


65" or Larger

These TVs are oustanding for media rooms, or if you're looking for a completely immersive experience while watching movies and sports.


50"–64" class

Large TVs that provide great visual impact within any room in your home, including big living rooms.


33"–49" class

These are versatile TVs that can work extremely well within average-sized living rooms and many bedrooms.


32" class and smaller

A great size for bedrooms, dorms, kitchens and casual viewing areas.

Preview a TV in Your Space:

Now you can use augmented reality (AR) to see how a TV will appear in your space. Use your phone’s camera with the Best Buy AR Viewer to find out how a TV looks on your wall or TV stand. Please keep in mind that the virtual TV in the AR Viewer is for general sizing purposes only. The AR Viewer should not be used as a replacement for precise measuring.

You can utilize AR Viewer by downloading the Best Buy app and following the steps outlined here.